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on February 4, 2005
A standalone mix album on the Fabric label, who have picked up the series off Distinctive Breaks, this is the sequel to the highly rated Tyrant mix by Lee Burridge and Craig Richards. Shot to fame as the pair that rekindled Sasha's passion in the dance scene, they brought a bit of darkness and some tasty bassdrums to the dancefloor to a scene that was losing its way in 15 minute epic prog trancers with 4 minute ambient breakdowns.
Now a follow up is a hard thing to do, nothing is ever better than the first release, but in this case I would say that this surpasses the original Tyrant. The set on each CD is just perfectly created pitching you on a rollercoaster ride of moods and styles. CD1 comes out on top between the two, if the album was to only contain this CD I would be more than happy. Breaksy dub tinged house (for lack of a sufficient one word
description!) opens up the CD before shifting into Lee Burridge's own dark tribal tech monster, Lost, but rather than head down a murky house path we shift into the sublime spoken word house of KB's Groove, the dubalicious Kenny Hawkins before hitting the spooky electro of Multiple Mirrors. A cracking track which takes the Bedrock Beautiful Strange vocal and creates something that is far superior to the original and all of its remixes put together. Grimy acid breaks from Omni AM and clicky quirky house follow. The CD peaks and closes with the truly amazing Hot by Sieg Uber Die Sonne and Love Variations. I spent a good two years searching for Hot and Richards recently released it on his Tyrant label. Easily the stand out track of the album.
CD2 doesn't quite match the heights of CD1 but that is a rather tough act to follow. A more standard tech house affair, you do get some top moments in the form of the very Fabric sounding Stucco Homes by Brett Johnson, plus the eerie throwback to standard old house programming on the Rocket track is very effective. Military drums fire over familiar a sounding house track structure, but its done oh so well. The finale of this CD is a lesser known Bushwacka! track, typically manic and twiddly synths over crispy breaks. The perfect ending.
THE most solid of the all the Tyrant mixes and the best release to come out of Fabric full stop. Fans of this should also head to Lee Burridges 24:7, be wary of the recent Fabric15 Craig Richards Tyrant mix if you're expecting more of the same ... its a completely different sound to this one, lots of glitchy deep euro techno and a CD of electro and downtempo (but still a fantastic CD!).
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